LCG Lantech competed in AHA’s Living Aleutian Design competition. We were the only Alaskan firm selected as a finalist among the 109 international competition entries. Complimenting long-established Aleut principles, the Subsistence House integrates sustainable systems, renewable power, and cultural identity into a modern home mindful of the community. Construction, maintenance and repair costs are kept low with building-block construction and simple mechanical/electrical systems which allow the home to be constructed with local villagers and maintained by the owner or community handymen. The tall, double-envelope structure directs light and heat to the interior, protects windows and entrances from harsh weather, and provides a breezeway environment for the sauna and seasonal food processing. The location kept coolest in the house is the cozy, comfortable sleeping bed rooms. The entire upper floor is an airy, open social environment where the family congregates for eating, entertainment, and conversation. The dirty gear storage (ATV’s, kayaks, equipment) and the mechanical rooms are kept downstairs with exterior entrances buffered away from the living space.
St. Mary’s K-12 Campus Renovation Projects
LCG and RSA has designed several projects for SMCSD including a new gymnasium, new playground, Yup’ik classroom renovation, and complete renovation to existing elementary and high school buildings to cover structural and code compliance deficiencies as well as energy efficiency upgrades. The initial project included LCG’s recommendations to reconfigure classrooms and a create a stand-alone Yup’ik classroom creating a more functional childhood education environment. Replacing the lighting and heating/ventilation systems, as well as correcting many deficiencies, resulted in a safe and nurturing facility. The success of this project has led to the SMCSD selecting the LCG/RSA team for nearly 20 follow-up projects which includes housing and infrastructure projects and the recently completed Gymnasium addition that has emphasized the community’s cultural identity in a facility the entire village is proud to share with visitors.